The faces we see on screen often become like family. So, when we lose them due to natural or unexpected death, it truly is a tragedy.
Although only just over halfway through the year, death has already affected so many sports, television, and music stars alike.
It is important to reflect on the positive impact these stars had on our lives and others, for even though they may be gone, they are not lost from our memories.
Doris Day was an adored actress and singer in the 50’s and 60’s. Some of her most famous works included Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Calamity Jane, and Love Me or Leave Me. Miss Day died on May 13 at age 97 due to natural causes. Her girl-next-door-image, as well as her animal activism work with the Doris Day Animal League, will always be remembered.
This social media-loving cat, who’s real name was Tardar Sauce, died at age 7 on May 14. This lovable cat met his fame 7 years ago when his photo was shared on Reddit in 2012. His owner captioned “Meet Grumpy Cat” and from then the image went viral. His meme-loving face was all over social media and even featured on the front of a New York Times magazine. It just goes to show you that the celebrities we love come in all shapes and sizes.
There is no way to forget Peter Mayhew; both for his world-renowned role as Han Solo’s sidekick Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga and for his incredible 7 foot 3 inch stature. There’s no way not to miss an individual as unique and talented as Mayhew. Mayhew was 74 and died on April 30; a date that Star Wars fanatics will never forget.
Luke Perry, otherwise known as Dylan McKay from television series Beverly Hills 90210, unexpectedly lost his life on March 4 when he suffered a massive stroke. He was 52 years old. The teenage heartthrob will be missed in the hearts of many, and Leonardo DiCaprio seeks to honor Perry’s kind soul, as he prepares to play the role of McKay in the new 90210.
One of the more recent and tragic deaths of 2019 was that of Disney-Channel star Cameron Boyce. He died on July 6, at the age of 20, due to a seizure in his sleep from an ongoing medical condition. His mother has shared how Cameron will always be remembered as the kind, loving, funny spirit that he always was.
Gloria was a talented woman who considered herself an actress, fashion designer, artist, and author. She was born straight into her fame however, into one of the wealthiest families in America. The Vanderbilt name was commonly associated with their jeans empire, and later Gloria remained in the spotlight with her son, Anderson Cooper’s, television fame. Gloria Vanderbilt died on June 17 at the age of 95. She lived a full and successful life that continues to live on, especially through her family.
This famous actor made his presence in some of the most famous films of all time including Murder She Wrote, The Money Pit, and Starsky & Hutch, as well as The Godfather Part II and III. Caridi died on May 28 at age 83. His presence on the big screen will be forever missed.
Niki Lauda was a world-famous car-racing champion who had won the Formula One three times in his life. Lauda died on May 21 at the age of 70. His tenacity will always be remembered, especially for his participation in the world championship in 1976. During this time, Lauda was horribly burned in a crash in the German Grand Prix, but after a brief recovery, returned to the race, only to be narrowly beaten by James Hunt. His strength and passion for the sport are truly admirable.
Tim Conway will always be remembered for his incredible ability to make co-stars of The Carol Burnett Show roll with laughter. He was witty, fun, but it wasn’t until his appearances on The Steve Allen Show and McHale’s Navy that he became world famous. Conway also made several television guest appearance such as on 30 Rock, and Spongebob Squarepants. He actually received an Emmy for his role on 30 Rock. Tim Conway died on May 14 at the age of 85, but his laughter provoking soul will forever love on.
These are only a few of the faces we have lost in 2019, and like all the others, their memories will outlast on the screen and in our hearts.